Remembering Dr. King
HIV/AIDS Remains Our Modern Day
Civil Rights Issue
On Thursday, November 30, 2017 in commemoration of World AIDS Day, Watchful Eye partnered with Brooklyn Community Pride Center, United Bridge Builders Coalition and the New York City Faith in Action to hold a Community World AIDS Day Candlelight Remembrance. Community members, faith leaders, youth, seniors service providers and those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS joined to say aloud over 125 names of those who we have lost to the virus. A 12 feet Red Ribbon was displayed in the plaza square of Restoration Plaza. 125 candles were placed around the ribbon in honor of the names that were called.
On Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9am in commemoration of World AIDS Day, Watchful Eye and its community partner the African American Clergy and Elected Officials, hosted its AIDS is Still a Civil Rights Issue Community Meeting at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Speakers and distinguished guests included NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Alphonso David, Special Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYPD Patrol Borough North Chief Jeffrey Maddrey and all of the Brooklyn North Commanders,Senators Roxanne Persaud and Jesse Hamilton, Civil Court Judges Robin Shears and Patria Frias-Colon and Clergy from across the borough all who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Brooklyn currently has the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections so it was important that attendees focus on AIDS as a modern day civil rights issues and discuss what can we as a community do to combat this disease with in ourcommunities. On site testing was provided by Brookdale Hospital.
On at 3pm Watchful Eye founder presented at the Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center World AIDS Day program. In her presentation Ms. Bailey spoke on the importance of our communities banding together to combat this disease. She spoke about HIV/AIDS still being our modern day Civil Rights Issue especially since this was the exact same day that Rosa Parks decided she was not given up our seat. The importance of partnerships was also a focus of her discussion. Following the program all attendees went outside for the annual balloon release in honor of those we lost to HIV/AIDS.